Rene Lopez, Esq.

Rene Lopez is of counsel to Pozo-Diaz & Pozo, P.A. and has been in practice for the last 15 years handling the defense of Workers Compensation cases throughout the State of Florida. Mr. Lopez and his firm, Lopez & Morales, P.A., have represented many clients, both insured and self-insured in the areas of Workers Compensation defense and related appellate matters. Mr. Lopez handles his files with an emphasis in ending litigation early on, in a cost-effective manner. He aggressively represents our clients on issues ranging from average weekly wage, attendant care, temporary benefits, impairment ratings, and more complex disputes, such as large permanent total disability, death benefits, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, and significant psychiatric claims. The Firm has also successfully litigated the fraud defense, at both the trial and appellate court level, using the recent decisions barring entitlement to all benefits where an employee has secured benefits through fraud.

Mr. Lopez’ undergraduate studies were completed at Florida International University, where he received a Bachelor of Political Science and Psychology. Mr. Lopez then obtained a Juris Doctor degree from Nova Southeastern University Law School, in May of 1998. Rene was admitted into the Florida Bar in 1999. He is a member of the Dade County Bar Association and a member of The Workers Compensation Committee of the Dade County Bar. Mr. Lopez was a speaker at the 58th Annual Workers Compensation Educational Conference, where he lectured on dealing with difficult cases with regards to exposure and death claims. He has also provided seminars on “Using Employment Issues as a Defense to Workers’ Compensation Claims.”

Peter A. Miller, Esq.

PETER A. MILLER is of counsel to Pozo-Diaz & Pozo, P.A and has been a trial lawyer since 1975. Mr. Miller is admitted to all District and Appellate Courts in the State of Florida, as well as the United States district courts for the Southern States District and Middle District of Florida. He us also certified as a trial lawyer by the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Mr. Miller specializes in general liability defense, religious organization defense, legal malpractice defense, construction litigation defense, products liability defense, E.E.O.C. defense, employment practices defense, long term lessor liability defense and insurance and bad faith defense.

Mr. Miller is a proud member of the Miami Dade County Bar Association, the Florida Bar, Trail Lawyer’s Section, American Arbitration Association, and is the past chairman of Eagle International Associates, Inc.

Mr. Miller’s undergraduate studies were completed at the University of Miami in 1972. He then went on to obtain his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami in 1975.

Phone number : 786-866-8135
Email : pmiller@pdplawyers.com

Marc D. Erlich, Esq.

MARC D. ERLICH is an associate with the Florida-wide defense firm Pozo-Diaz & Pozo, P.A.

Marc’s practice primarily focuses on defending the interest of insurance companies, its insureds, and various clients in the areas of premises liability, automobile liability, personal injury (defense), construction related claims, tort liability, and pre-suit accident investigation.

Prior to joining the firm, Marc gained experience in his practice of Personal Injury Protection (PIP) claims.  He first served as a plaintiff PIP attorney prior to pursuing a career in the insurance defense industry.  Marc handled various claims regarding the necessity of medical treatment, reasonableness of medical charges submitted to insurance carriers, and coverage disputes.  His experience includes negotiating settlements, preparing defense analysis reports, and motion practice.  Marc has conducted extensive motion practice including but not limited to motions to compel better responses, motions for protective order regarding expert witness fees, and ex-parte motions to compel discovery responses in regards to Personal Injury Protection (PIP) litigation. Marc has previously represented State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company in the tri-county area in his practice of PIP claims.

Marc was admitted to the Florida Bar and the Young Lawyers section in 2013 after earning his Juris Doctorate from the St. Thomas University School of Law.  While studying at St. Thomas, Marc was awarded a merit scholarship for academic excellence and served as a Senator for the St. Thomas Student Bar Association.

Phone number : 786-866-8137
Email : merlich@pdplawyers.com

Allan S. Friedman, Esq.

ALLAN S. FRIEDMAN joined Pozo-Diaz & Pozo, P.A, with over thirty years of experience in handling all aspects of litigation from inception through trial. His areas of concentration include personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, negligent security, premise liability, and product liability. He has litigated cases throughout the state of Florida.   Mr. Friedman’s depth of experience has permitted him to achieve successful results at mediations and arbitrations of the most complex litigation resulting in significant reduction of litigation costs for his clients. Although Mr. Friedman has primarily concentrated his area of practice in insurance defense litigation he also brings with him the experience of representing individuals pursuing claims for personal injury and has utilized this experience for the benefit of his client’s in his insurance defense litigation.

Mr. Friedman completed his undergraduate studies at the University of South Florida where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree. He then received his Juris Doctor Degree from Florida State University. Mr. Friedman is admitted to the Florida Bar and the District of Columbia Bar.

Phone number : 786-866-8140
Email : afriedman@pdplawyers.com

David J. Millheiser, Esq.

David J. Millheiser, is an experienced litigation attorney who is well-versed in all facets of insurance defense litigation.

Mr. Millheiser received his B.A. in Business Management from Clark University (Worcester, MA) and his J.D. from Nova Southeastern University. Mr. Millheiser has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1995. Mr. Millheiser is licensed to practice before the United States District Court for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida.

Mr. Millheiser has extensive experience in the areas of automobile liability, trucking liability, premises liability, personal injury protection, church & school liability, maritime liability, wrongful death, commercial litigation, insurance litigation and real property litigation.

Mr. Millheiser has extensive first chair jury trial experience defending personal injury cases and insurance coverage disputes. He has successfully handled a wide variety of litigation cases from case inception through trial and appeal. Mr. Millheiser has represented individuals, small businesses, religious institutions, churches, Fortune 500 corporations and insurance companies.

Mr. Millheiser is committed to providing his clients with the utmost in professional, diligent, aggressive and thorough representation.

Phone number : 786-866-8136
Email : dmillheiser@pdplawyers.com

Peter B. Rowell, Esq.

PETER B. ROWELL joined Pozo-Diaz & Pozo, P.A. in 2017. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Arizona, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, graduating cum laude. Mr. Rowell earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Miami School of Law in 2005.

Mr. Rowell is Board Certified in Construction Law by the Florida Bar and represents all parties in the construction industry in legal matters with a particular focus on contractors, subcontractors and material suppliers. Mr. Rowell has significant experience representing contractors and subcontractors in construction defect litigation in Florida’s State Courts. Mr. Rowell further assists construction businesses and owners in the resolution of construction payment disputes, change order issues, and delay claims through negotiation, litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Mr. Rowell has first and second chain trial experience, as well as, significant experience in mediation and arbitration.

Mr. Rowell was selected as a Super Lawyer’s Rising Star in the area of Construction Law for 2014-2015.

Phone number : 786-866-8139
Email : prowell@pdplawyers.com

Johnny White, Esq.

JOHNNY WHITE grew up in South Florida and joined Pozo-Diaz & Pozo, P.A. in 2013.  He actively litigates in state circuit and county courts, representing clients in construction defect claims, medical and professional malpractice, commercial litigation, general liability, contract disputes, premises liability, personal injury, nursing home, automobile negligence, slip/trip and falls, negligent security, defamation, bad faith and coverage disputes.  Johnny has become known for crafting creative solutions to complex issues, his practice increasingly involves construction industry issues and he has gained extensive experience defending construction defect claims. His construction experience includes claims relating to single-family residences, as well as claims involving large multi-unit residential and commercial developments. Over the years, he has resolved complex matters throughout Florida, representing property owners, architects, various sub-contractors, construction managers, developers, general contractors, municipalities and specialty contractors. Johnny has successfully resolved many multi-million dollar disputes on behalf of construction industry clients throughout Florida.  Johnny has also settled many complex cases without the need for trials and has extensive experience in handling matters in pre-suit, and both mediation and arbitration, examples include:

Commercial Buildings: Defended claims involving defective construction of commercial property, including environmental issues, tenant improvements, and issues involving surety and performance bonds
Condominium Projects: Defended and coordinated negotiation of multi-party claims involving defects in large condominium complexes. Worked with homeowner association, developer, and subcontractor counsel in addition to experts in multiple trades to negotiate scope of defect, method, and cost of repairs
Mold issues: Defended claims involving mold from both a construction defect and personal injury perspective
Residential Property: Defended cases involving issues of defective construction of single-family residences, including roof, drainage, soils, foundation, water intrusion, plumbing, stucco, masonry, electrical, and a myriad of other alleged defective conditions
Insurance Defense – Defended numerous claims including hurricane and windstorm damage, water intrusion resulting from defective workmanship, storm related events, drain pipes, sewage back-ups, window system failures, exterior building envelope penetrations, roofing membrane failures and lack of maintenance, fire damage and various other forms of consequential property damage and personal injury matters involving various alleged torts.

Johnny graduated from St. Thomas University School of Law, in Miami, Florida. Johnny graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Business.  He is a member of The Florida Bar, Federal Bar for the Southern District of Florida and Dade County Bar Association. Mr. White has also earned an AV® Peer Review Rating, which is the highest Martindale Hubbell rating available to an attorney. It is a significant rating accomplishment – a testament to the fact that Mr. White’s peers ranked him at the highest level of professional excellence.

Phone number : 786-866-8143
Email : jwhite@pdplawyers.com